Mozart under the Stars
Program:Mozart: Overture TBA
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan"
Misha Dichter, piano
Now in the fifth decade of an illustrious international career, Misha Dichter traces his musical heritage to the two great pianistic traditions of the 20th century: the Russian Romantic School as personified by Rosina Lhevinne, his mentor at The Juilliard School, and the German Classical style that was passed on to him by Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. Mr. Dichter reveals this dual legacy in his solo recitals and appearances with virtually all of the world's major orchestras, performing the grand virtuoso compositions of Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, as well as music from the central German-Viennese repertoire, which embody more introspective qualities. He has recorded works by Brahms, Beethoven, Gershwin, Chopin, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky and has received the "Grand Prix International du Disque Liszt" for his recording of Liszt's piano transcriptions.
Mr. Dichter devotes a portion of his schedule each year to duo-piano recitals and concerto performances throughout North America and Europe with his wife Cipa Dichter. They have brought to the concert stage many previously neglected works of the two-piano and piano-four-hand repertoires, most recently, the world premiere of Mendelssohn's own four-hand setting of Songs Without Words, Op. 62 and 67.
Born in Shanghai, Misha Dichter moved with his family to Los Angeles at age two and began piano lessons at age six. He subsequently came to New York to work with Mme. Lhevinne at The Juilliard School. While still enrolled at Juilliard he entered and won the Silver Medal in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition, which launched his international career.
Learn more at mishadichter.com/.
Saturday, August 12
David Zinman, conductor
David Zinman is one of the world's leading and most respected conductors, whose passion for music, dedication to furthering the careers of young musicians, and as an orchestra builder, makes 'Music a Better World'.
He is Conductor Laureate of Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, where he served as conductor and music director from 1995 until 2014, where he raised the standard of the orchestra to an international level. During his career he has made an extensive number of recordings with varied orchestras encompassing a wide repertoire.
Until 2009 David was Artistic Director of the Aspen Music Festival, where he created the International Conducting Academy. He has inspired a number of innovative ideas in Zurich, including the famous 'Tonhalle Late' series, a Conductor's course, and most notably the famous recordings he has made for Sony which have received superb critical acclaim.
He has held positions as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony orchestras; Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, School and American Academy of Conducting. For the past two seasons has served as Music Director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes.
Learn more at www.davidzinman.org/.
Saturday, August 12
Concert Sponsors:Robert & Jenifer Weisenthal, and the Mary Louise Dunn Fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation